Tuesday, February 09, 2010

St. Louis is "Distinctive"

According to fancy-pants people in D.C., anyway. The National Trust for Historic Preservation has put St. Louis on their current list of 12 "distinctive cities, and now St. Louis is in competition with a bunch of places I have never heard of (and some I have) for the top position. What does it all mean? Who knows? Probably that we're old and have old buildings that old people think are cool, or something.


Arnold Observer said...

The book you gave me for Christmas titled "The Good Old Days - They Were Terrible!" includes the quote from Lincoln Steffins that St. Louis was once "the worst governed city in the world." Not a distinction of positive note, though probably fair for a place where dead people and dogs vote. To be fair, Kansas City, Chicago, New York & Philadelphia got their slams from the historians. Politics today doesn't hold a candle to the late 1800's and early twentieth century.

Aaron W. Thorne said...

Glad to see that you got use out of the book. And, yeah, any reading of political history shows that things are done with gloves on these days compared to the bare-knuckle brawls of 100 years ago.